Archive for November 2008

Going over Niagara Falls in a Tory barrel

Nov 30th, 2008 | By | Category: Ottawa Scene

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2008. 11:30 PM ET. [UPDATED DECEMBER 1 BELOW]. All day today CTV Newsnet has been breathlessly broadcasting that, on the basis of a tape of a “telephone-conference meeting” that Jack Layton held “with his caucus Saturday morning” (surreptitiously recorded by the Conservatives), the “New Democrats and Bloc Quebecois held talks to form […]

143rd Speech from the Throne .. protecting what kind of Canada?

Nov 20th, 2008 | By | Category: Ottawa Scene

The term “Speech from the Throne” itself reminds us that the present confederation began as the mere first self-governing dominion of the British empire – back in “the era of Queen Victoria,” and so forth (as the excellent Governor General Michaelle Jean put it on the afternoon of Wednesday, February 19, 2008). And the peculiar […]

Depression economics and crime : Marine murders in California, Toronto youth violence

Nov 15th, 2008 | By | Category: Crime Stories

The day after the inspirational election of Barack Obama, four US Marines (“including one known as Psycho,’”) were charged “with the execution-style slayings” of a young mixed-race couple “in Winchester, in Riverside County southeast of Los Angeles” (aka “an exurb of San Diego”). Like others, no doubt, I was having trouble understanding the grisly murders […]

Mutts like me … can even historic President-elect conquer age of disappointment?

Nov 9th, 2008 | By | Category: USA Today

“Who among us is not at a loss for words?” That’s how Michael Moore began his reflections on the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States last Tuesday. That has been our first reaction too. And it may explain why it’s taken us five days to say anything at all. Mr. Moore […]

Stephen Harper`s new cabinet (and the new have-not Ontario)

Nov 3rd, 2008 | By | Category: Ottawa Scene

It’s hard to keep your mind focused on just what Stephen Harper’s new cabinet in Ottawa may mean, with the biggest US general election in your lifetime just a day away. As the Calgary Herald reported this morning, in Canada’s current most economically prosperous province, even up here the duel in the sun between Senators […]